TV Ratings Monday: 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Hawaii Five-O', 'Mike & Molly' Up, 'America's Got Talent' Premieres Down, 'The Bachelorette' Down From Last Year's Debut

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May 15th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 3.0/8  2.5/7 2.0/6 1.4/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.4/7 2.1/6 1.8/5 1.4/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.42 8.89 11.90 6.76 3.58 1.35


CBS was the top rated network in adults 18-49 while ABC was number one  in total viewers.

On CBS, the hour long How I Met Your Mother  season finale earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating up from a 3.3 for its most recent original episode on May 1. For comparison, last week the hour long finale of 2 Broke Girls got a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men's season finale  garnered a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating even with last week. The Mike and Molly season finale scored a 3.3 among adults 18-49, up from a 3.1 last week.  The Hawaii Five-O finale earned a 2.7 among adults 18-49 up substantially from last week's 2.3.

On NBC, the season premiere of America's Got Talent earned a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, compared to a 3.8 in the time period for the finale of The Voice last week and a 4.3 for last year's season premiere on June 2, 2011. The season finale of Smash scored a 1.8 among adults 18-49, matching its performance for the prior two weeks.

On ABC, a 90 minute Dancing With the Stars scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating compared to a 2.7 for last week's two hour episode. The 90 minute season premiere of The Bachelorette  earned a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 down from a 2.8 for last year's season premiere.

On FOX, the season finale of Bones garnered a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. House got a 2.2 among adults 18-49 up from last week's 2.1.

On the CW, the season finale of Gossip Girl earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 0.4. The season finale of Hart of Dixie scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating even with last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, May 14 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.6/10 8.49
NBC America's Got Talent  (8-10PM) -(Premiere) 3.6/10 10.30
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-9:30PM) 2.6/7 15.60
FOX Bones (season finale) 1.9/5 7.07
CW Gossip Girl (season finale) 0.6/2 1.17
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (season finale) 3.8/10 11.33
FOX House 2.2/6 6.45
CW Hart of Dixie (season finale) 0.6/1 1.53
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly (season finale) 3.3/8 11.63
ABC The Bachelorette (9:30-11PM) (Premiere) 2.5/7 8.20
10:00 CBS Hawaii 5-0 (season finale) 2.7/7 11.29
NBC Smash (season finale) 1.8/5 6.06

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Sarah

    I really wish Fox would have moved Bones back to Thursdays in the fall because this day and time are killing it. :(

  • danny94

    Nice numbers for hawaii50

  • eridapo

    Gossip Girl … What a joke. The finale disappointed most viewers.

    H50 solid night. It seems that out of all the 10PM CBS shows, it is just the strongest. I feel that you can move it to Tuesday’s and it can go a 3 once again.

  • Selah

    Hart of Dixie was awesome last night! When George said in the rain “why didn’t anyone tell me he was staying?” it broke my heart. I’ve never had duh a hard time deciding who Zoe should end up with. Looking forward for next season, there are so many twists and turns for every character.

  • GossipGirl


    i still got what i wanted. a final season ;)

  • fringewillget5seasons

    Smash is such a flop hahahaha. The Voice props it up but without the lead-in it’s dead weight on the schedule.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    LOL now we know why Smash is missing from NBC’s schedule, so much for their new hit. Too bad since it has prominent gay characters but it’s just a major snoozefest, I gave up after the 2nd episode.

  • MarcJames87

    Still a little gutted about Ringer, and obviously many people are not happy about TSC. They could have at least given the writers some indication as it appears both shows ended with major cliffhangers.

    Not good if The CW wants us to stick with their shows…..

    UK Fan

  • bluejays

    Great to see HFo up and against stiffer competition than last week with Bachelorette pulling higher numbers than Castle.

    Smash did badly for a finale. Next year this show will be in the mid ones.

    And wow but all the CBS line up was so close when it comes to total viewers. Great night for CBS.

    Be interested to see if The Mentalist finale can pull up too since CSI did pretty badly as did Castle and Smash and a lot of other ten pm shows this year, hope it does.

    I predict NCIS LA might do really well tomorrow and will equal NCIS and maybe even do better for the first time ever.

  • mattlsax

    AGT’s numbers should increase as soon as DWTS is done and other season finales are competing for viewers.

  • enes

    Hart of Dixie stupid show and entire season based in a hidden KISS that’s pathetic even for The Cw and what more hilarious is that the show got renewed
    Oh CW how down are you , it’s not your fault it’s of Mark Pedowitz that it has come andropausa and dosn’t have kids ! Look’s like can’t direct a network since he Renewed HoD and Nikita with the worst ratings !

  • Tessa

    I hate AGT. Sadly I know wishing it to go away won’t do anything so I wish they move it to Spring where other, more interesting, reality shows would make my family not choose to watch this crap.

  • SueK

    Really surprised at Bones ratings. Thought a 2.0 at least. Was a really good episode. Looking for a +.1 for the final ratings. But Bones has kicked butt with the DVD +7 since it moved to Mondays.

  • Gaius Bolling

    am i the only one who thought AGT would do better considering all the Howard Stern hype?

  • bluejays

    @eridapo. HFO is the strongest ten pm show out of all the CBS, ABC and NBC shows in that time slot this year.

  • Viktor

    Yess, HoD, great episode! Can’t wait for next season :)

  • Score

    AGT did really well considering it’s never faced that level of competition before. It may well grow once DWTS ends too. Looking at the state NBC are in I can’t believe they’ve left this show in the Summer for so long.

  • WB

    Congrats to HART OF DIXIE for a complete first season! There were A LOT of people who expected bad for this show and didn’t believe in it!and Hey, it got renewed and was the ONLY FRESHMAN SHOW hahaha to all you haters!

    GO dIXIE!

  • RyanT

    Fantastic for HIMYM. Its finale at 8:30 matched TAAHM’s finale numbers in the demo and smoked last week’s 2 Broke Girls’ numbers. Well done, show.

  • dazzag

    great numbers for himym but the ending sucked it was way to Predictable i didnt like to at all i think everyone knew it was going to happen

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